High speed vessels

San Frangisk and San Pawl air cushion catamarans

Venezia Lines high speed vessels, San Frangisk and San Pawl are air cushion catamarans which combine the most advanced characteristics of catamarans and hover crafts.

Such a combination has resulted in vessels that extend higher speed, lower fuel consumption, lower noise, less wave-making, higher manoeuvrability and higher passenger comfort and safety.

The air cushion, set up by fans, and trapped by the hulls and the skirts, lifts the craft and reduces the draught. Thus, water resistance and power consumption are significantly reduced. The ship is highly manoeuvrable, and literally turns around “on a coin”. It can even move sideways by diverting directional air from the cushion.

Venezia Lines High Speed Vessels offer a faster, safer and more reliable crossing between Venice and Croatia contributing to the main pillar of the company’s success on these ever popular routes in the Northern Adriatic.

Technical specs

Principal dimensions

Length Overall35.25 metres
Beam max.11.5 metres
Depth to maindeck3.55 metres
Draught off cushion2.15 metres
Draught on cushion0.70 metres
ClassificationDet Norske Veritas + 1A1-R90


Passengers saloon tourist class280
Passenger saloon VIP class30
Speed max (trials, calm)50 knots (light conditions)
Speed service (calm)app. 38 – 42 knots


Main Engines2 x 1920 kW MWM TBD 604B V16X
Fan Engines2 x 405 kW MWM TBD 234 V8
Generators1 x 65 kVA DEUTZ KHD F5L413 FR
1 x 40 kVA DEUTZ KHD F5L912
Fuel Consumptionapprox. 900 l/h


Registered395 grt
Dead weight30 tonnes